May 12, 2020

Congressman Neguse Secures Essential Homeless Assistance Funding in Next House Coronavirus Aid Package

Congress announced today plans to include $11.5 billion for Emergency Solution Grants to resource individuals withouthomes, a provision Congressman Neguse has actively advocated for over the last few weeks 

 

Washington D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse announced today that he has secured $11.5 billion for Emergency Solution Grants in the next proposed Coronavirus aid package to equip and resource homeless communities throughout the U.S.. House Democrats today released text of the proposed plan, the Heroes Act, which would increase aid for state and local governments on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis; extend unemployment insurance benefits; and provide more direct payments to Americans. Earlier this year, Congressman Joe Neguse introduced the CARE Act for Those Without Homes, legislation to provide additional homeless assistance funds to rent out hotel and motel rooms, provide sanitization products, cleaning stations and other resources to equip the homeless population in northern Colorado. On Friday, he led a letter, alongside Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib to House and Senate Leadership urging Emergency Solution Grant funds to be included in the next Coronavirus aid package. See the letter here. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has left the nation facing unprecedented public health and economic crises that have exacerbated underlying inequities and devastated those already living on the margins,” said Congressman Neguse. “Those experiencing homelessness are more likely to be hospitalized or need critical care if they contract COVID-19, and lack of sanitation and shelter make them all the more vulnerable to being infected. Increased funds for Emergency Solution Grants are essential to safeguard our most vulnerable populations and keep our communities safe. We’re proud to ensure that increased funds were included in this package to equip our homeless shelters and all those without homes.”